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In Ascension

Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2024
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In Ascension
A superb sci-fi meditation on life, the universe and everything!
As I write this review in January 2024, I’m 100% sure In Ascension will also be one of, if not the, best novel I read this year. Simply put, it is brea... READ MORE
Matt, Waterstones Byres Road
In Ascension
Simply astonishing!
The scope of this third novel from Martin MacInnes is breathtaking. From the uncharted depths of the ocean to the limitless expanse of the universe to the... READ MORE
Isabel MacNeill
In Ascension
profound and meditative
So this is a marmite-y one. And I completely understand why. MacInnes' writing is somehow expansive and intimate all at once. In Ascension is an ambitio... READ MORE
Rhea | Barnstaple
In Ascension
You are not alone
profound, condemning, elegiac, understated AND extraordinary. a book that changes in front of your very eyes. morphs into something else entirely with each... READ MORE
Alice

Synopsis

Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as an escape from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the undersea world of her childhood, she excels in marine biology, travelling the globe to study ancient organisms. When a trench is discovered in the Atlantic ocean, Leigh joins the exploration team, hoping to find evidence of the earth's first life forms - what she instead finds calls into question everything we know about our own beginnings. Her discovery leads Leigh to the Mojave desert and an ambitious new space agency. Drawn deeper into the agency's work, she learns that the Atlantic trench is only one of several related phenomena from across the world, each piece linking up to suggest a pattern beyond human understanding. Leigh knows that to continue working with the agency will mean leaving behind her declining mother and her younger sister, and faces an impossible choice: to remain with her family, or to embark on a journey across the breadth of the cosmos. Exploring the natural world with the wonder and reverence we usually reserve for the stars, In Ascension is a compassionate, deeply inquisitive epic that reaches outward to confront the greatest questions of existence, looks inward to illuminate the smallest details of the human heart, and shows how - no matter how far away we might be and how much we have lost hope - we will always attempt to return to the people and places we call home.

  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 9781838956271
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 342g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 30 mm

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In Ascension
Beautifully written
I had wanted to read this since it was booker longlisted, I was so drawn in by the cover. So when an early paperback copy landed my way I read it straight... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp